Before their fifth full length was released, I’d heard some of their other albums a handful of times, and seen them live on a few bills, but had never really gotten into Australia’s Deströyer 666 and their brand of blackened thrash. But when it was announced they’d be doing another London show with the mighty Bölzer I was intrigued enough to hear how their first album in seven years would sound. And I’m glad I did because on Wildfire they combine the gruffness of Motörhead with a small does of black metal and the best parts of your favourite thrash bands to create an album that absolutely rips.
The falsetto scream that opens up the first track Traitor is brilliantly over the top and gives a great start to the thrashy melodic riffs and headbangable drums, which while fast don’t go straight into pure black metal blast beat territory. The meaty guitar tone is also more thrashy than the typical BM treble, as are those fast solos, reminiscent of early Slayer, alongside the scorching lead guitar riffs.
The song writing on the album is no-frills galloping black-thrash that serves purely to get the head banging and the adrenaline pumping. Anthemic catchy songs with great choruses like Live and Burn and Hounds at Ya Back certainly contain many nods to Motörhead, down to the gruff but clear barking thrashy vocals, though their’s falsettos aplenty throughout the album. The solos throughout the album are all brilliantly melodic, particularly on the aforementioned Live and Burn, and the riffs punchy and dynamic.
Credit has to go to the sinister atmosphere created by the bass and drums on the instrumental Artiglio del Diavolo especially the way it works so well with the whammy bar driven energetic lead guitar. This atmosphere is carried over into the most black metal track on the album, Hymn to Dionysus, with blast beats aplenty and rougher black metal vocals barked at great speed, though there’s still room for some melodic tremolo picked breaks between the mayhem. And as if the Motörhead influence wasn’t already clear enough, then White Line Fever, the title taken from Lemmy’s biography ought to make it abundantly clear with those basslines conjuring image’s of the sadly late legend’s Rickenbacker bass, if without quite his volume. The last track Tamam Shud feels a little overlong, and the “woah-oh”s don’t really work, but it’s the only filler track and each of the other songs here is fantastic.
Deströyer 666 and their brand of ballsy blackened thrash has enough extreme metal elements with the vocals and sinister atmospheres, but the ballsy thrash and all out classic heavy metal fun of the album should make it appeal to fans from all over the metal spectrum. So “let it loose, light the fire, wild, wild, wildfire”
They put on a great show in London last week bringing these catchy anthemic songs to life, if you’ve got the chance to see them on one of the remaining dates then make sure you do!